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Sailors brave the wild Wear

Sailors brave the elements taking their topper boats on the River Wear Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Cold, windy conditions haven't deterred sailors in Sunderland taking to the water.

Topper boats on the River Wear near the marina Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Rough seas caused by the wintry weather has meant the River Wear is a more inviting place to sail.

Waves crash from the sea off Sunderland pier behind the topper boats Credit: ITV Tyne Tees